NMPF adds Bongards-MN, Mount Joy-PA, Cortland & Oneida-Madison-NY

The National Milk Producers Federation welcomed four new dairy cooperative members, two new board members and one new board officer, as the organization wrapped up its 2014 annual meeting here Wednesday. FULL STORY »

DHM Numbers: Feed, overhead costs pushed September COP up

Preliminary monthly total average dairy feed costs increased in September, pushing total milk production costs to their highest average since October 2013 FULL STORY »

Surging soy prices sparked a broad crop-market advance Wednesday

The soy complex continued pulling crop prices higher Wednesday. The corn harvest may have been slightly delayed by the latest Corn Belt weather system, but there’s little doubt it’s advancing rapidly. FULL STORY »

DMI announces 7 new partnerships to ignite fluid milk innovation

Partnerships represent more than half a billion dollars of industry investment in fluid milk innovation & marketing FULL STORY »

Soy futures continued boosting crop prices Wednesday morning

The soy complex continues pulling crop prices higher. The corn harvest may have been slightly delayed by the latest Corn Belt weather system, but there’s little doubt it’s advancing rapidly. FULL STORY »

MPP-Dairy deadline extended to avoid ‘Black Friday’

Dairy farmers now have until Dec. 5 to enroll in the voluntary income margin protection program. The original deadline was Nov. 28 – the day after Thanksgiving and generally referred to as “Black Friday” FULL STORY »

Commentary: The Big Fat Surprise: Part III

With our diets, we rely on objective science to guide both official policymaking and our personal choices. Unfortunately, the ‘objective’ studies are surprisingly wrong in their conclusions. FULL STORY »

Proactive heifer parasite control helps long-term profitability

Dairy producers could potentially be losing performance and returns if they are not treating for internal parasites in replacement heifers. But Dr. Tom Van Dyke, manager of Large Animal Veterinary Services for Merial, says producers can easily stop parasites from sucking profitability from their bottom line. FULL STORY »

Strategies to reduce risk of subclinical hypocalcemia

Although a negative dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD) diet has long been used to help control milk fever in transition dairy cows, more recent research is evaluating whether it is also effective in reducing the risk of subclinical hypocalcemia, or slightly below normal blood calcium concentrations, according to Tom Overton, Ph.D., professor of dairy management at Cornell University. FULL STORY »

You can reduce new corn silage slump

Testing corn silage for starch and fiber digestibility can help keep your cows’ production on track. FULL STORY »

University of Maryland Dairy celebrates 90 years

The Maryland Dairy is celebrating 90 years of making its famous, hand‐crafted, small‐batch ice cream at the University of Maryland. The celebration kicked off in mid-October with premium ice cream specials for Homecoming Week and continues this month with a featured Pumpkin Swirl flavor. FULL STORY »

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